For Veterans Day, I wrote a three-part story. I wanted to show the face of today's war using the experiences of three dog-faced soldiers.

Photos of Sgt. Adam Schroeder and Army Specialist Stephen Rodgers

The Glory Theirs, The Duty Ours -- Sgt. Adam Schroeder, 32, and Army Specialist Stephen Rodgers, 27, share portraits of themselves as the men in camo during their tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. Top left: Sgt. Adam Schroeder, left, during his 15-month deployment to Iraq. He is currently stationed at Joint Base Balad, appropriately nicknamed "Mortar-itaville" for the frequent mortar attacks. Top right: Army Specialist Stephen Rodgers, right, lounges atop a convoy with his three-man team near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Bottom: A firm handshake between and Afghanistan National Army soldier and Rodgers completes a humanitarian aid mission in which U.S. soldiers delivered medical supplies to the isolated district of Karwar. (Photos courtesy of the subjects.)

The first is a shy veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He doesn't brush away the blond locks that fall across his face, and he won't hold eye contact without quickly flickering away.

The next is currently stationed in Al Hillah, Iraq, on a 15-month leave. This young father of two was married for 10 years, though it only lasted that long while waiting for the divorce to finalize. His wife made it nearly 100 days into his deployment before straying.

The last soldier is a University of Florida student in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Solider of the sea, I guess. He is not-so-eagerly awaiting a deployment to Iraq in March. The strain on him and his family is magnified in this piece.

Disjointed and disheartened, weary and worn, all three had a story to share.

Of course the soldier dodging bullets against the jagged landscape of the Al Hillah province was the only one who opened up without much prying. He wanted someone, anyone to listen.

And I was ready.